March 19, 2019 – The details of the President’s budget proposal for fiscal 2020 make it clear that, if the Trump Administration has a plan for long-term fiscal solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, they aren’t presenting it in this budget
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March 15, 2019 – The White House now says that $200 billion in infrastructure funding in the budget won’t go towards surface transportation reauthorization, but that the surface bill will be counted towards the $1 trillion spending total.
March 11, 2019 – President Trump has released a fiscal year 2020 budget request today that calls for $84.1 billion in gross budgetary resources for the U.S. Department of Transportation today, a $3.5 billion decrease from 2019.
March 1, 2019 – A House hearing on infrastructure and climate change this week explored the need for federal funding of resilient infrastructure as well as finding the right blend of market-based incentives.
January 31, 2019 – After more than two years without a Federal Highway Administrator, a confirmation hearing was held on Tuesday for former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Nicole R. Nason to fill the role.
January 31, 2019 – The new CBO budget forecast allows us to estimate how much money would be raised by proposals to increase gasoline and diesel fuel taxes.
January 28, 2019 – The Congressional Budget Office today issued a revised Highway Trust Fund forecast estimating that about $165 billion in new taxes or bailout transfers will be necessary to keep the Trust Fund solvent at baseline spending levels for the next decade.
January 18, 2019 – As Reuters first reported, high-level meetings were held at the White House this week to discuss infrastructure, and at those meetings, the idea of reauthorizing surface transportation programs for a decade or more as part of an infrastructure initiative was discussed.
January 17, 2019 – House Democrats, in yet another attempt to force members to vote on a different way to end the ongoing federal government lapse-of-appropriations shutdown, have posted online the text of a bipartisan omnibus appropriations agreement negotiated last year – while Republicans still controlled both chambers – that they plan to bring up for a vote in the House next week.
December 21, 2018 – At 5:15 p.m. today – the Friday before Christmas – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has determined that California’s state laws requiring minimum meal and rest breaks for truck drivers are preempted by federal hours-of-service laws. The determination by FMCSA came in response to petitions filed by the American Trucking Associations and the Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association.
December 21, 2018 – The Department of Transportation today solicited applications for fiscal year 2019 grants under what is now called the INFRA surface transportation grant program created by the FAST Act (officially the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, but no one can pronounce NSFHP). Applications are due March 4, 2019 for what USDOT anticipates will be between $855-902.5 million in funding.
December 7, 2018 – Three years and two days after the enactment of the FAST Act, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released their study of the future of the Interstate Highway System commissioned by section 6021 of that law.
November 29, 2018 – A Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Wednesday foreshadowed upcoming discussions as Congress prepares to tackle surface transportation reauthorization next year.
November 2, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Transportation only closed three TIFIA loans in fiscal 2018, totaling $1.8 billion in loan face value. This was less than half of the new loan authority provided by Congress for fiscal 2018 in the FAST Act, which then added to the already-sizable carryover of unused TIFIA funding that has ben building for 20 years.
October 17, 2018 – The books are closed on fiscal year 2018 and they reveal that net U.S. Department of Transportation spending (outlays) decreased by $946 million in 2018 versus 2017. But all is not as it seems.
October 8, 2018 – The start of the fiscal year gives us a chance to look at the long-term cost of the financial obligations of the Highway Trust Fund and to separate them into the cost of old commitments versus new commitments.
October 4, 2018 – On the first day of the new fiscal year, the Federal Highway Administration issued a formal notice apportioning $42.3 billion in highway formula contract authority to state governments.
September 27, 2018 – On September 21, the USDOT announced the availability of new grants for two additional University Transportation Centers (UTCs). UTCs conduct research, provide education and workforce development, and deliver technology transfer to potential users.
September 27, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration on September 25 announced the winning applicants for $366 million in federal grants for the competitive portion of the bus and bus facility grants program. The $366.2 million consists of $246.5 million in contract authority from the Highway Trust Fund provided by the FAST Act and $161.4 million in general fund appropriations from the FY 2018 omnibus act, reduced by an oversight takedown and prior grant announcements totaling $41.7 million.
September 20, 2018 – The fact that long-discussed questions still dominate transportation technology hearings speaks to missed opportunities or inefficiencies in communicating with decision-makers and their offices.